Capital Planning Design and Construction

Contractor Prequalification/Bidding

Important Notice:  California new law (SB 854) provides that “A contractor or subcontractor shall not be qualified to bid on, be listed in a bid proposal, subject to the requirements of Section 4104 of the Public Contract Code, or engage in the performance of any contract for public work, as defined in this chapter, unless currently registered and qualified to perform public work pursuant to Labor Code Section 1725.5.” Please go to, and look under “Contractor Registration” for more information and to register. Thank you.

Project Bidder Prequalification

The CSU Chancellor’s Office Construction Management unit within the Department of Capital Planning, Design and Construction, manages the prequalification of bidders for construction projects on all 23 campuses. Prequalification of bidders is required:

  1. for all projects with construction budgets exceeding the value of a minor capital outlay project*,  or
  2. when project bid documents specify that bidders must prequalify with the Trustees in order to bid the project.

For these projects, Contractors shall register and log in to PlanetBids to apply for prequalification. The on-line application must be submitted and received not later than 10 business days prior to bid opening, unless the project bid documents specify an earlier deadline. If two or more contractors are bidding as a joint venture, then download the Affidavit of Joint Venture form below, and all parties shall execute the form, which when fully executed shall be submitted to the bidding office.

* To obtain the current value, refer to note underneath the link to the Contract General Conditions for Design-Bid-Build Minor Projects.

Public Solicitations

All 23 campuses of The California State University advertise all of their public works projects in the “California State Contracts Register.” To access this online journal, click on the link below. First you will need to register on this site, and once registered, click on “Bid Search”. Select “California” and then click on “All Departments” and scroll down until you get to “CSU” and you will find all the campuses listed there by location.

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Participation Attainment

The California State University requires that all contractors bidding on its public works projects attain a minimum of three percent Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Participation. For more information, please review the Contract Documents for each project you may be interested in bidding.

Small Business Five Percent Bid Proposal Advantage

The California State University shall give a small business a proposal advantage of five percent, up to a maximum of $50,000, to contracting firms that have been certified as a “Small Business” by the Office of Small Business & DVBE Services in the Procurement Division of the Department of General Services. The application of the five percent small business bidding preference is also extended to any non-small business that commits to subcontracting at least 25% of its contract price with one or more California-certified small businesses and/or microbusinesses. To receive this bid preference the small business/non-small business must satisfy the criteria contained in the Contract Documents for each project.